Empower Yourself to Thrive:
Integrative Medicine Solutions for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes in Indialantic, Melbourne, and Brevard County, Florida
Have you received a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis? Are you tired of the constant ups and downs of blood sugar levels? It's essential to understand that the primary cause of weight gain, resistance to weight loss, and overall metabolic imbalance is often related to insulin hormone dysfunction and blood sugar metabolism. This dysfunction acts as the initial trigger, setting off a chain reaction leading to chronic diseases that fill physicians' waiting rooms across the country. However, you have the power to change your destiny, even if your family has a history of these conditions.
Imagine a life free from prescription medications...
Imagine having the energy to engage in activities and enjoy life to the fullest...
Imagine feeling empowered rather than helpless in the face of this challenging diagnosis...
At Radiantly Healthy MD, we follow an integrative approach that enables your body to heal itself, empowering you to achieve these goals. Our personalized plans and educational resources are designed to support you every step of the way.
Our mission at Radiantly Healthy MD is to empower individuals in Indialantic, Melbourne, and Brevard County, Florida, on their path to holistic well-being. Through our commitment to functional medicine, we delve deep into the root causes of disease, striving to understand the unique factors impacting each patient. By fostering healthy habits and embracing a holistic approach, we aim to minimize symptoms and optimize overall health, offering comprehensive support for conditions like pre-diabetes and diabetes. With our expertise and personalized care, we stand ready to guide you towards a healthier, more vibrant life.
Diabetes affects over 26 million Americans, resulting in an annual cost exceeding $218 billion, as reported by the American Diabetes Association. This condition disrupts multiple aspects of our health and metabolism, increasing the risk of cancer, cognitive decline, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and more.
There are three main types of diabetes:
Type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells. While it can occur at any age, it is more common in children and teens, often triggered by a genetic predisposition and environmental factors.
Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy and serves as a reliable indicator of the genetic predisposition for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. By proactively addressing lifestyle and environmental triggers, we can often prevent the development of diabetes and related diseases.
Type 2 Diabetes, the most prevalent form, is primarily a lifestyle disease with genetic components. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 adults between the ages of 45 and 64 has diabetes (see graph below).
Pre-diabetes is a stage before the onset of diabetes characterized by insulin resistance. Think of it as the cells in your body having doors that require keys to open, with insulin acting as the key. Initially, when sugar regulation becomes impaired, the body produces extra insulin to store the sugar in cells' storage cabinets. However, this excess insulin can lead to hypoglycemic episodes, especially after consuming high-carb meals. At this stage, your lab results may still appear normal. Over time, muscle cells stop producing doors for insulin keys, while fat cells continue producing doors and keyholes. This leads to rapid weight gain and slow weight loss. Lab results may still appear normal, but eventually, they progress into the pre-diabetes range. Rising insulin levels become highly inflammatory to the cardiovascular system, liver, nervous system, and more. By the time diabetes criteria are met, inflammation is significantly elevated, and depending on genetics, individuals may become overweight or obese.
Diabetes and Hormones:
Insulin is not the only hormone impacting blood sugar and metabolism. Cortisol and other adrenal hormones, as well as hormones released by the stomach and adipose (fat) tissues, also influence these processes. At Radiantly Healthy MD, we measure and analyze your hormone levels to develop a strategic plan for reversing and healing diabetes.
Diabetes and Aging:
When excess sugar remains in the bloodstream, it interacts with proteins in the body, leading to the formation of compounds known as Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). AGEs play a significant role in aging, damaging collagen and reducing elasticity. They also deposit on nerve fibers and small capillaries, contributing to neuropathy and kidney disease.